The Prime Minister of India, Dr Manmohan Singh has said that Central Universities form an important constituent of our Higher Education institutional system. These universities particularly aim at promoting interdisciplinary education and research.
“They are also expected to build an environment of learning in the area around them through the establishment of business incubation centres, science and technology parks and industrial consultancy centres. It is therefore important that Central Universities emerge as centres of excellence,” he said speaking at the Conference of Vice Chancellors of Central Universities.
The Prime Minister said that promotion of Industry-Academia linkages is important to improve the quality of education in Central Universities. This is obviously an area in which our Higher Education system lags behind. Global experience shows that such linkages strengthen both universities as well as Industry.
“While universities get access to valuable resources for research, Industry benefits from the outcomes of the research which it has funded. I think we need to find innovative ways of encouraging Industry- Academia partnerships in our country. I would expect Central Universities to take a lead in this area, which would be a sure way of improving the quality of their research output,” Dr Singh added.
He said, “Our institutions of Higher Education should be fully conversant with the ways in which quality related outcomes are quantified and quality performance of an institute measured. Today very few institutions are recognized globally as centres of excellence. Improved interfacing with ranking agencies can contribute towards changing this state of affairs.”